With new partners come new ideas and in 2006 the IBP partners reviewed and finalized our five-year IBP Strategy and Program of Work 2006-2011.
At the same time the partners restated our vision, goals and objectives and identified the contribution the partnership brings to international reproductive health agenda under the heading of "value added".
PURPOSE: Why has the IBP Initiative been created?
To minimize duplication of effort and maximize the use of resources to ensure that the best, most appropriate practices are being used to improve access to and the quality of reproductive health, particularly family planning, maternal and neonatal health care, adolescent reproductive health and the integration of STI/HIV prevention and care.
MISSION: What should IBP Partners be doing to help attain our goals?
Support countries to fulfill their reproductive health agendas by strengthening international, regional and country co-operation to share experiences aimed at improving the introduction, adaptation, utilization and scaling-up of best practices in reproductive health.
VISION: How do we see the IBP Initiative in 5 years?
The IBP initiative will strengthen and maintain networks of international and regional organizations and establish new networks committed to working together at the global, regional and country levels, to ensure that best practices are shared and utilized within reproductive health programs worldwide.
GOALS: What are the partners of the IBP Initiative aiming for?
- To improve access to and quality of reproductive healthcare through the introduction, adaptation, use and scale-up of best practices.
- To harmonize approaches, reduce duplication of efforts and maximize the use of resources to close the knowledge to practice gap and support translating evidence into practice.
OBJECTIVES: What specifically do IBP partners have to achieve in order to reach our goals?
1. To create and sustain an effective network of collaborating international, regional and national reproductive health organizations and institutes willing to maximize resources, avoid duplication of services and support the use of best practices to improve reproductive health.
Sub-objective a: Define operational policies and guidelines of the IBP Consortium
Sub-objective b: Expand resource base to support innovative activities related to knowledge sharing, coordination and utilization of best practices
Sub-objective c: Implement systems to monitor progress, acknowledge success and document IBP's effect/value added
2. To promote a multi-sectoral approach to the provision of reproductive health care to strengthen programmatic and technical linkages and activities.
3. To identify, study and adapt new and existing models for knowledge sharing between partners for the management and application of best practices in reproductive health.
4. To identify, recommend and provide evidence-based tools and proven effective approaches that will help support countries to implement and/or scale up best practices in reproductive health.
APPROACH: How do partners work as members of the IBP Initiative?
Focus on sharing, adopting and utilizing best practices in reproductive health and knowledge sharing
Support a holistic approach to improved reproductive health by focusing on identifying and strengthening programmatic and technical linkages among family planning, maternal and neonatal health care, adolescent reproductive health, prevention of gender-based violence, promotion of gender equity and the integration of STI/HIV prevention and care.
Develop strong partnerships between organizations that research and identify best practices in reproductive health and organizations focused on field testing and scaling up the implementation of these practices
Promote the use of proven effective managerial, training and performance improvement models that further develop skills to manage and lead a process of change required to improve the quality of reproductive health services.
Encourage stakeholders and networks to review the health system from their perspective, share and build on experiences, work through problems and concerns and offer ideas for action.
Seek to make information more accessible and create Communities of Practice (CoPs) and other expert forums in and among countries willing to gather, reflect on and share knowledge, experience, success stories and lessons learned through the IBP Knowledge Gateway.
Encourage organizations, agencies, institutes or individuals working in any aspect of reproductive health to become a partner of the IBP Initiative. Partners do not need to be official members of the IBP Consortium. They can be regional and country level members affiliated with the IBP Consortium and committed to working with the partnership.
IBP works at different levels
- Sustain and expand global, regional and country partnerships.
- Partner organizations commit to IBP's vision, goals and objectives and subsequently share this approach with their country level offices.
- Agree to an annual programme of work that is supported by each IBP partner agency
- Work collaboratively within the partnership and with country networks to implement the programme of work.
- Study and test different approaches to knowledge sharing, adaptation, utilization and scaling up of best practices.
- Promote the use of the IBP Knowledge Gateway to create Communities of Practice (CoPs) and other expert forums in and among countries willing to gather, reflect on and share knowledge, experience, success stories and lessons learned.
- Collectively prepare and publish materials, tools, case studies and country experience
- Promote the use of each others' materials and tools.
- Provide models to countries.
- Support global programmes and initiatives
- Research, gather, exchange and share best practices and experiences.
- Under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, network and form country teams, which include all reproductive health and other multi-sectoral stakeholders. IBP consortium members are key members of these teams.
- Country teams focus on country issues. They use global information and tools, and also encourage the analysis, use and scaling up of effective in-country programmes and practices.
- IBP country team members support their Ministry of Health to facilitate coordination by providing technical, managerial and logistical support and other resources (financial and in-kind), to constantly reinforce the goals of the IBP Initiative, monitor progress and acknowledge success and lessons learned.
- Encourage collaboration and facilitate exchange. Expand the reach of individual members.
- Provide a support mechanism for new ways for partners and country teams to operate and maximize the effect of their projects and programmes.
- Create tangible Communities of Practice (CoPs) through the IBP Knowledge Gateway and other expert forums that support the sharing of knowledge, experience, success stories and lessons learnt.
- Develop strong partnerships between organizations that research and identify best practices in reproductive health and organizations focused on field testing and scaling up the implementation of best practices to improve access to and the quality of reproductive health.
- Create a knowledge sharing culture among reproductive health stakeholders to support efforts to improve access to knowledge, best practices and tools that once applied, will improve reproductive health.
- Continuously monitor and assess the effect of the IBP initiative, develop case studies and respond to lessons learnt.
- Form task teams from different organizations to consider global strategic, technical and managerial issues that support the introduction, utilization and scaling up of best practices.
- Test promising ideas and innovations that eventually may become best practices.
VALUE ADDED: What can IBP Initiative bring to the situation that other efforts don't?
Shared vision for maximizing and disseminating reproductive health best practices and resources.
Wide variety of participants having the advantage of a variety of expertise and experiences which can be shared from one country to another and within countries.
Coordinated effort, more than just the sum of the individual agencies. Pooling expertise and resources/funding increases potential to:
- Re-ignite interest and political will in reproductive health
- Influence global, national and local reproductive health agendas
- Link and/or integrate reproductive health interventions to reduce duplication of efforts and maximize resources
- Recognition by the World Health Organization and our partners
PRINCIPLES: What notions guide the way the IBP Initiative works?
- Effective coordination is essential and the cornerstone of all activities.
- We can't afford to waste time or resources. We must minimize duplication, maximize resources, and utilize best practices.
- We must acknowledge and respect the diverse circumstances of individual countries and work with local colleagues to support culturally appropriate strategies and activities.
- Creativity and innovation are essential elements of growth and improvement.
- IBP should be the norm, starting at the global level and moving to the local level. Every country should be committed to identifying, using, and scaling up best practices to achieve better reproductive health.
- The IBP Initiative is a way to work collaboratively and in partnership focused on accelerating the achievement of common goals and adding value to existing workplans in countries.
- The IBP Initiative contributes to existing programmes, rather than creating parallel programmes.
- All partners have valuable experience to offer. IBP always acknowledges the ontribution of all parties.